Saturday, December 6, 2008

Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War

This site concentrates on two communities: Augusta County, Virginia and Franklin County, Pennsylvania curing the US Civil War. This gem of digital documents includes thousands of letters, diaries, newspapers, speeches, plus census and church records left by men and women from the two counties during the period of the war and reconstruction period after. The collection is broken into three destinct time periods: Fall 1859 - Spring 1861; Spring 1861 - Spring 1865; & Spring 1865 - Fall 1870. My only disappointment with this site is the fact that, with a few exceptions, original document scans are not available. This is a text based archive, transcribed from the originals. Here's the link:
valley.vcdh.virginia.edu/

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